Former congressman Ed Case told supporters on Friday that he has taken a job at Outrigger Enterprises Group as senior vice president and chief legal officer, which likely will end his political career.
Case, who lost campaigns for the U.S. House and U.S. Senate over the past seven years, has been mentioned as a potential candidate for urban Honolulu's 1st Congressional District. U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa is vacating the seat to challenge U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz in the Democratic primary for Senate.
Case told supporters he would not run for public office while at Outrigger. "Since I hope that's a long time, this likely ends any further political career," he wrote. "But I fully intend to continue to participate in the public life of our Hawaii and country and look forward to those opportunities.
"To each of you who's supported and voted for me throughout my political endeavors, I again extend my humblest and most heartfelt mahalo. We truly have made a lasting difference together, and words do not express my gratitude. I urge you to stay involved as we all need you, and Audrey and I truly look forward to staying in touch and to helping you along your own paths.
"To those who've listened and considered, I deeply appreciate you. And if we've disagreed, e kala mai - please forgive me; I meant no offense, and thank you for caring."
Case, an attorney at Bays, Lung, Rose and Holma, represented the rural Oahu and Neighbor Island 2nd Congressional District from 2002 through 2007.